Jang wins, Barnes 5th at Crowns Tournament

NSW’s Kurt Barnes shot one of the rounds of the day during the final round of The Crowns tournament on the Japan Golf Tour on Sunday.

The Muswellbrook product fired a four-under 66 to complete the tournament at five-under 275 in a tie for 5th place alongside Taichi Tashima and last week’s China Open winner Wu Ashun, five strokes behind runaway winner I.J. Jang of Korea.

Kurt Barnes Kurt Barnes (Credit: Anthony Powter)

42-year old Jang finished at ten-under 270 to claimed his second Crowns Tournament win in four years, winning by four shots over the Japanese trio of Kazuhiro Yamashita, Hideto Tanihara and Tomohiro Kondo.

The Korean veteran’s affinity with this event and the Nagoya Golf Club’s Wago Course is abundantly clear having also finished runner-up last year and also in 2011, when Australia’s Brendan Jones was crowned the champion.

While Barnes got his 2015 Japan Golf Tour campaign off to a great start, Queensland’s Brad Kennedy also finished in a creditable tie for 16th at one-under par while Jones finished a stroke further back in a tie for 21st.

Australians Scott Strange, Peter Wilson and Adam Bland also made the weekend cut but finished further back in the field.

Teshima will defend his Japan PGA Championship title when the Japan Tour resumes in a fortnight’s time.